General Mark Milley disclosed in front of US Senate
General Mark Milley is America’s senior-most military officer. He said during a Senate hearing in the presence of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin that ISIS and other groups trying to get themselves back together have not yet succeeded. General Milley also said that he has not yet posed any threat to the American homeland, but we are watching it very, very closely. He said that if these terrorist organizations raise their heads and try to threaten us, then we will take appropriate action.
Taliban denies presence of ISIS in Afghanistan
However, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan denied that ISIA was taking root in their country. Despite this, the Islamic State-Khorasan (ISIS-K), a branch of Islamic State in Afghanistan, has accepted the responsibility of many terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that we have eliminated many of their hideouts so far. ISIS has very little presence in Afghanistan. They have carried out some attacks on a school and a mosque but have not done anything significant. We are serious about our safety. We will not allow this to become a reason for anyone else’s insecurities.
Taliban does not have the ability to stop ISIS
Earlier, US Central Command (CENTCOM) chief General Kenneth McKenzie said in March that ISIS-K continues to grow unabated in Afghanistan. He feared that the Taliban regime was finding it difficult to counter the threat of ISIS. McKenzie said that we probably estimate the number of ISIS fighters in Afghanistan to be one to two thousand, but their number is much higher than that. Ever since the Taliban released prisoners held in Pul-e-Charkhi and Parwan prisons, the number of ISIS militants has grown exponentially.
Tension will increase in entire Asia including India
The growing presence of ISIS in Afghanistan threatens the whole of Asia including India, Pakistan, China. It is feared that marginalized terrorist groups in Jammu and Kashmir may carry out terrorist attacks with the help of ISIS. In India, many modules of ISIS have been exposed from different states in the past. The spread of ISIS in Pakistan can also increase the problems of minority Muslims and Hindus. The arrival of ISIS in China’s Muslim-majority Xinjiang also threatens instability. Apart from this, terrorist incidents can increase in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan located on the northern border of Afghanistan.